It’s the question anyone connected to Hamilton hears over and over and over: How can I get a ticket? From reporters asking producer Jeffrey Seller in the Tony Awards press room to Gayle King asking Alexander himself, actor Javier Muñoz, on CBS This Morning, it’s undoubtedly the hottest ticket in town. The Richard Rodgers Theatre is regularly filled over official capacity and doesn’t show signs of slowing down, even with the departure of many of the original cast. (The past five weeks, the grosses reported by the Broadway League indicate the house has hit 101 percent of its weekly capacity.)
But, don’t lose hope! Tickets are far from impossible to come by. Here are the ways you can get in the room where the phenomenon happens:
1. BUY TICKETS THROUGH THE BOX OFFICE – HEAR US OUT
If you’re willing to pay full price (or splurge), there are tickets available for purchase at the box office or online for upcoming performances. For online purchase, stick with official ticketing websites like Ticketmaster and Ticketmaster Plus. (In fact, the official Hamilton site hosts a disclaimer that purchasing tickets from other sources “runs a high risk of receiving fraudulent tickets.”)
Before you sigh that it will take too long: you may not have to wait months to see the show. Official re-sale tickets are often available through Ticketmaster’s re-sale program for same-day performance—or in advance, but not too far off. (As of 2 PM on August 25, there were 25 orchestra seats available for re-sale for that evening’s performance, ranging in price from $338 per ticket to $697 per ticket, plus over 30 seats available in the mezzanine section.)
Face value of tickets purchased at the box office are as follows: Standard tickets start at $139 and Premium tickets start at $549.
2. ENTER THE LOTTERY – THE CHEAPEST WAY TO PLAY
The cheapest way to get a seat to the Broadway smash is through the Ham4Ham Lottery. For seven of the eight shows each week, the lottery takes places digitally through Broadway Direct. For lottery tickets to Wednesday matinee performances, Rory O’Malley (the production’s King George) hosts a live lottery outside the Richard Rodgers—with tunes sung by various members of the theatre community. Tickets are $10 each and located in the front row. Lottery participants can enter to win up to two tickets per entry. For details and official rules and lottery policies, visit the official website and click “Lottery” in the Performance Schedule section.
3. TRY THE LOTTERY ENTRY SHORTCUT – SO YOU DON’T FORGET TO ENTER
For ultimate convenience in entering the digital lottery only, download the Ham Lottery app available from the iTunes store. The app, created by Lukas Thoms, notifies the user when the lottery opens, auto-fills the user’s information and sends a notification when the lottery is closed.
4. STAND IN THE CANCELLATION LINE – FOR FACE VALUE, SAME-DAY TIX
Sometimes, people with Hamilton tickets have to cancel. Sounds crazy, no? But these things do happen, and their tickets become available for purchase at the box office. There is a designated line outside the Richard Rodgers for hopeful ticket-buyers to wait. It is a first-come, first-serve system—and there is no guarantee that tickets will become available at all, or, if they do, how many. It’s a gamble, but could pay off. Tickets are sold at their original ticketed price.
In May, Hamilton producers released updated policies about the cancellation line, including the prohibition of chairs and tents on the line (which had become popular for those sleeping out or waiting hours on end for potential tickets).
There are services that offer to stand in this line for you for a fee. However, per the last item of the updated rules: “Once a patron enters the box office to purchase tickets, he or she must proceed directly into the theatre. Only those purchasing the tickets and attending that performance will be allowed into the box office.” This is not recommended.
5. MAKE A DONATION
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the country’s leading industry-based non-profit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations, and one of the best-known charities in the theatre industry. You may have heard of BC/EFA during the big fall and spring fundraising seasons, when the casts of Broadway shows and national touring companies compete to see which show can raise the most money for the cause. Cast members collect donations in their signature red buckets and auction off signed Playbills, posters and more to raise money. The winning shows are crowned in the fall at the annual Gypsy of the Year and in the spring at the annual Easter Bonnet Competition.
BC/EFA runs a program called Care-Tix. Through the program, supporters can get great seats (often house seats) to Broadway, Off-Broadway and National Tour shows if they make a donation to the cause. Tickets to Hamilton are $800 each (this includes the price of the ticket and a $601 tax-deductible donation) and the seats are located in Row N. There is no additional sign-up or registration required. Not only do you get to see the show and donate to a worthy cause, Care-Tix operates like any other high level concierge service with customer service reps providing tailored assistance.
Interested donors can request tickets beginning the first day of the month prior to the month you’d like to see the show. (For example, if you want seats in November, you can request via Care-Tix beginning October 1. October seats are a special case due to the Labor Day holiday and can be requested beginning September 6.)
Watch the cast of Hamilton perform at the 2016 Easter Bonnet:
6. TRY THE TDF RAFFLE – ONE MORE WAY TO PLAY
Theatre Development Fund (TDF) is a great resource for Broadway tickets at a discount for eligible members. When it comes to those hard-to-get Ham seats, TDF has not offered a discount to date; but, the grand prize of their spring raffle was a pair of house seats to the show. (House seats are considered the best in the theatre.) When the raffle comes around, usually seasonally, entrants are asked to make a $5 donation to enter for the chance to win. (There is another way to enter sans fee to comply with New York law.) Keep an eye on TDF and the potential for a raffle at tdf.org.
7. TRACK THE NEXT BLOCK OF TICKETS – TO BUY FAR IN ADVANCE
News has not yet broken about when the next block of tickets for Broadway will open up. Currently, tickets are on sale through May 21, 2017. To be alerted to the on-sale date for the next block of tickets, sign up for Hamilton’s ticket update via their website.
8. WAIT FOR IT TO COME TO A CITY NEAR YOU – FOR OUT-OF-TOWNERS
Tons of Hamilfans have flown to New York City to watch the magic. But productions of Hamilton are opening up in other cities, beginning with Chicago. The Chicago production of Hamilton officially opens on October 19, but begins performances September 27.
Aside from Chicago, Hamilton hits the West Coast when the tour launches at SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Franciso, CA, in March 2017. Join SHNews for advance notice about tickets. The tour then moves to Los Angeles’ Pantages Theatre beginning August 11, 2017 through December 30, 2017, before moving on to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., scheduled for mid-June 2018.